For many vacationers interested in travel to Kenya, a safari is the quintessential African experience. That’s because these once-in-a-lifetime journeys allow travelers to witness both the epic beauty of the African countryside and the majestic grace of some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. While a Kenya and Tanzania safari has much to offer international visitors hoping to spot some of the endemic wildlife, vacationers may want to begin their animalistic excursion in Amboseli National Park.

Located in the Kajiado District of the Rift Valley Province, Amboseli National Park is a 392-square-kilometer park that spreads across the shared border with Tanzania. It was named an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and is located in the territory of the oft-celebrated Maasai tribe.

Amboseli National Park is also home to a wide range of big game animals, chief among them being the free-range African elephants. The sight of these majestic pachyderms walking in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the many highlights of an excursion through the region.

Other animals that can be seen the in the park include giraffes, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, impala, lions, leopards and cheetahs. A wealth of bird species also populate the area, so travelers will want to remember their binoculars for this safari.